James Cameron may be 3D technology's most outspoken advocate, and that doesn't just go for films shot in 3D. He loves the added oomph of the device so much, he's toying with re-issuing some more of his classic films with a flashy post-convert 3D package.
/Film reports out of the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival that James Cameron is considering a re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with some newly minted 3D additions. An audience member at Cameron's Q&A asked the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and innovator if he had any plans to retrofit his Terminator movies for 3D. To this Cameron offered that the original Terminator is too "gritty, but his sequel could be worthy:
Terminator 2 is a more polished film and, I think, it has a kind of timeless appeal. If there was someone who was interested in doing that, and we could make a good case for the business model like, perhaps let’s say, it’s never been on screens in China which in the next few years is about to become the biggest market for films worldwide. That alone might justify the cost of a conversion, which might be 6 or 7 million dollars. And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it.
While non-committal about Terminator 2: Judgment Day's conversion, we're with /Film on thinking his rational sounds too thought-out to be spur of the moment. Our guess is that after the success of his Titanic 3D re-release, James Cameron has been eying his filmography for other features that could benefit for a 3D overhaul. After all, Titanic 3D pulled in a healthy $343.6 million worldwide, making a costly conversion process well worth its hefty price tag. Combined with Titanic's original box office success, this stacked up to more than $2 billion worldwide, making it the second film to reach that total. Notably, the first was Avatar.
Helping add to the fanfare of Titanic 3D was the centennial memorial of the tragic ship's sinking. Terminator 2: Judgment Day has a big anniversary of its own coming up. 2016 will mark 25 years since the iconic action movie's release. So could the summer of 2016 be the perfect time to resurrect this sci-fi thriller with some glossy 3D?
Would you see Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a post-converted 3D re-release?